We keep having one gorgeous day after another. On Monday we went to San Quirico and to Pienza. Yesterday we rambled the day away at Montichiello and Montefollonico. It was in Montefollonico where we had the most fabulous lunch. I had one of my favorite dishes... Ribollita, and it was one of the best I have tried so far. We also had a dish of Verdure Sotto 'olio... vegetables in olive oil. They were lightly grilled and somewhat marinated in the olive oil with a delicate and delicious flavor. Steve had the Pici al Sugo, a pasta dish with a meat sauce. The handmade pici pasta are everywhere in Tuscany, they are a thick round noodle and work well with many different types of sauce.
We also had a wonderful dinner here in Montepulciano the other night. I will have to walk by and get the name because I did not write it down and it is one that I would highly recommend. The menu is all in Italian and the food is inexpensive and amazing. The proprieter is alot of fun, too. We had artichokes that had been roasted with a little cheese on top, then Steve had the ravioli (2 giant ravioli filled with a ricotta herb mixture) and I had pici with an asparagus sauce. For dessert we had a kind of fresh cheese with strawberries on top. The place was very lively and social, too. The woman next to us was a vice consul for Canada in Milan and we also met a couple on their honeymoon from Florida and another couple from Chico. We were having such a good time that we were the last to leave the place that night!
And it turns out that one of the other guests at Sant Antonio found out about it from Slow Travel, too. A couple with their little girl. They are from Paris, she is British, he is French and their delightful little girl will be completely bilingual.
Today we are off to see some Abbeys... 1 or 2 or even 3, however much we have time for. It is so relaxing here that we don't try to do too much each day. And unfortunely I don't think we are going to make it to the Tarot Garden (it's just too far to drive). But we are seeing plenty and enjoying every minute.